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Top eight CNS stories for today including a chaotic geopolitical map surrounds the European Union as its national leaders meet in Brussels this week; A human rights group and law professors filed a complaint challenging the Trump administration’s sanctions targeting the International Criminal Court; Joe Biden launched a new ad campaign tailored around the former vice president’s Catholic faith, and more.

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Top eight CNS stories for today including a chaotic geopolitical map surrounds the European Union as its national leaders meet in Brussels this week; A human rights group and law professors filed a complaint challenging the Trump administration’s sanctions targeting the International Criminal Court; Joe Biden launched a new ad campaign tailored around the former vice president’s Catholic faith, and more.  

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National

1.) The Trump administration’s civil and criminal sanctions against anyone helping the International Criminal Court probe possible U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan are illegal and unconstitutional, a human rights group and law professors claim in a federal lawsuit Thursday. 

FILE- In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, the International Criminal Court, or ICC, is seen in The Hague, Netherlands. President Donald Trump has lobbed a broadside attack against the International Criminal Court. He's authorizing economic sanctions and travel restrictions against court workers directly involved in investigating American troops and intelligence officials for possible war crimes in Afghanistan without U.S. consent. The executive order Trump signed on Thursday marks his administration’s latest attack against international organizations, treaties and agreements that do not hew to its policies. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

2.) In an effort to pull Christian voters away from President Trump, Joe Biden launched a new ad campaign Thursday tailored around the former vice president’s Catholic faith and values.

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden bows his head in prayer as he visits Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del., Monday, June 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

3.) After the highly contentious — and unprecedented — presidential debate in Cleveland this week, new polling data shows that half of voters believe former Vice President Joe Biden outperformed President Donald Trump during the event, even if they felt the whole affair was a rather unpleasant one.

President Donald Trump gestures while speaking during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Regional

4.) Texas Governor Greg Abbott has come out against two rival plans to ship highly radioactive waste from the nation’s nuclear power plants to sites on the Texas-New Mexico border, saying either plan would be unsafe and would threaten the region’s sprawling Permian Basin oilfield.

A facility in rural West Texas, on the border with New Mexico, already houses certain kinds of nuclear waste. (Photo courtesy of Waste Control Specialists)

5.) In a unanimous decision, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Amazon is not liable for the death of a high school student caused by an overdose of caffeine powder. 

FILE-This Jan. 16, 2014 file photo shows Keystone High School Logan Stiner during a wrestling match in Sheffield Village, Ohio. The coroner said Stiner, who died May 27, 2014, had more than 70 micrograms of caffeine per milliliter of blood in his system. The Ohio Supreme Court plans Wednesday, April 29, 2020 to hear arguments for and against a lawsuit brought by Stiner's family arguing that Amazon, the online retail giant, as the company that shipped the product, should be held responsible under Ohio product liability law. (AP Photo/Steve Manheim, The Chronicle Telegram, File)

International

6.) A chaotic geopolitical map surrounds the European Union as its national leaders meet in Brussels this week to deal with multiple crises at the bloc’s edge.

A general view of the round table meeting at an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. European Union leaders are meeting to address a series of foreign affairs issues ranging from Belarus to Turkey and tensions in the eastern Mediterranean. (Johanna Geron, Pool via AP)

7.) EU member states cannot ban each other from advertising pharmaceuticals across borders, the European Union’s high court ruled Thursday. 

Pharmaceuticals are seen in North Andover, Mass. As Congress and the Trump administration aim to curb spiraling drug costs, outside groups like the Alliance for Patient Access are raising their voices as they seek to sway the outcome. But not all of these organizations are clear about who they actually represent. Their names can obscure the source of the message and they’re cagey about where all of their money comes from. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

8.) European Union countries can require origin labels on milk and other food products, with certain conditions, the EU’s top court held Thursday. 

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. (Molly Quell/Courthouse News)

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